Belissa Escobedo joins the cast of Hocus Pocus 2

“It has been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the Sanderson sisters, and they seek revenge. Now it’s up to three high school students to stop ravenous witches from causing a new kind of chaos in Salem before dawn on Halloween eve,” reads the Hocus Pocus 2 movie synopsis.

The first film of this Halloween classic was released in 1993 in the United States and won a Saturn Award for Best Costume Design.

The second film in the saga reunites well-known actresses Bette Midler (as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Sarah Sanderson) and Kathy Najimy (as Mary Sanderson) as the Sanderson sisters.

Mexican-American actress Belissa Escobedo, 24, has also joined the cast of this film. Escobedo, known for her work on Don’t Look Deeper, American Horror Stories, Sid is Dead, The Baker and the Beauty, plays the character of Izzy, one of three students who bring back the iconic witches after nearly 30 years years.

I’ve watched Hocus Pocus every Halloween season, for as long as I can remember. My mom’s house is full of Sanderson Sisters merchandise from September to November of each year. All those times sitting in front of the TV in my party town costume, watching the masterpiece that is Hocus Pocus, little Belissa never thought she’d be working alongside THE witches. Ever. I still can’t believe it,” said the Latina actress, who will also perform in Blue Beetle this year.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Belissa Escobedo are joined by Sam Richardson of “The Tomorrow War,” Doug Jones known for his work on “The Shape of Water,” and Hannah Waddingham of “Ted Lasso.” The second installment of Hocus Pocus will also feature “Gossip Girl’s” Whitney Peak, “Dirt’s” Lilia Buckingham, “Teen Wolf’s” Froyan Gutierrez, and “Veep’s” Tony Hale.

“Hocus Pocus 2” is directed by American choreographer and filmmaker Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin” and “The Proposal”) and produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”). Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” the “X-Men” franchise), David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”) and Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”) will executive produce this comedy that combines fantasy, laughter and terror.

The film, called “Abracadabra” in Latin America and “The Return of the Witches” in Spain, will premiere on September 30 exclusively on the Disney + streaming platform.

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